id509 CGWorkshops

Fundamentals in Game Asset Creation

Course Details

  • 14 Jul 2014 - 11 Aug 2014
  • Current Fee: $349 USD

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Course Overview

In this new, expanded, course students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of what it takes to complete a high quality game asset. Using a standard game prop, students will learn to build an asset starting from high polygon sub-d modeling, to exporting the final asset into the latest UDK engine. It is designed as a crash course for beginner modelers interested in game asset creation, but also as a catch up course for industry veterans who haven't had a need or chance to learn recent techniques.

You will start by learning the fundamentals of high poly modeling in 3ds max, though other programs may be utilized. You will learn basic high poly modeling and various sub-d surface modeling techniques standard in the industry.

Then we will move onto the foundations of creating a solid 3D game model and explore methodologies to construct a very efficient yet high quality game model.

Through this, you will gain an extensive understanding of baking the high poly to the low poly asset, understand smoothing groups, UV layouts, shell construction and processes used to troubleshoot issues with the normal bake process.

You will use these processes to create additional bakes such as ambient occlusion, lighting maps, cavity maps, displacement maps and explain the various ways to use these maps to enhance the game asset.

After we have baked out our asset, you will learn how to create a diffuse map to achieve the highest quality in game visuals. You will also learn how to effectively create a strong specular map and learn to control it using a gloss map.

Once complete we will export our asset into the latest UDK engine, creating our package and setting up the final passes of lighting and collision.

Advanced topics such as tangent basis and explicit and non-explicit projection mapping, will be provided for students wishing to fully understand the process, along with additional information if required.

Along the way, you will be given additional resources, articles, and information pertinent to an ever-changing industry. You will be made aware of additional tools and programs available both old and new as they reshape the processes of this industry.


"I think that the video lectures were excellent in both quality and content. Well executed and well structured from start to finish. It was a great experience and I would do it all again!" - Jeff Spaulding

"Having recently finished a Degree in Animation, I was unsure if this would bring anything new to my knowledge bank. I was a little bit stunned that your techniques are so simple and logical, but aren't taught by the mainstream."
- Richard Stein


"The course has been great for me Andrew…I was able to bake normal maps, but I always found some kind of issues that I couldn't fix or I "fixed" them editing the map in photoshop (really...), so all that normal map theory on top of the practice was really valuable, then the workflow that translated to all sorts of assets, not to mention all the tips and tricks all through the course". - Franco Pizzani, February 2014.


"For me this course was great…the most important for me was to learn how to be more methodical, the understanding of the industry workflow… I learnt more with this course than a year in a Masterclass". - Sergio Zarraga, Garcia February 2014


"So, thanks again for the course. It was Awesome! Indeed i think the 4-week plan for the course was spot on and in terms of pacing…I'm super pleased with the course and as soon as I finish figuring out my pipeline with Modo I will post my end asset". - Pedro Vicente Vasconcellos, February 2014.


Checkout this 52 minute video where Andrew outlines some of what will be covered in the course.

  • Andrew Collins

    I am the art director at Battlecry Studios and a veteran of the video game industry having worked on titles like.....

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